Safety & Enforcement Overview
Office of the Director
Division Director: Colonel William Elovirta
The Enforcement and Safety Division is comprised of a contingent of sworn law enforcement officers and non-sworn civilian staff. The Division has three sections, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the Investigative Section and the Administrative Support Section. Below is an overview of the function of each of the respective sections.
Motor Vehicle Safety Chief: Captain Kevin Andrews
Chief Inspector: Captain Drew Bloom
This section is comprised of Sworn and Non-Sworn Investigators and the Education & Safety Unit.
The primary focus of the Investigative Unit is to regulate, monitor and investigate illegal or questionable activities relating to licensing, registration and title fraud, dealer and inspection regulations and general law enforcement support services. The Education & Safety Unit is primarily responsible for regulating, licensing and monitoring of commercial driver training schools, third party testing programs, training and licensing School Bus Driver Training Instructors, and Pupil Transportation Safety laws and issues. In addition, this Section is responsible for research and analysis of many other highway safety-related issues.
Administrative Support Section:
Administrative Coordinator: Kathy Codling
The Administrative Support Section is responsible for support functions to include dealer licensing, inspection station licensing, mechanic certifications, abandoned vehicles, Vermont Rider Education Program (VREP) information and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA/MCSAP), which consists of Driver/Vehicle Inspection Reports for motor carriers.
The Administrative Support Section provides support to all units within the Enforcement & Safety Division.
Information about subject-specific safety issues.
What is the AVIP?
Inspection stations in Vermont are privately owned and operated by our business partners. Inspection stations and certified Inspection Mechanics are licensed by DMV to conduct inspections as prescribed in the three Vermont Periodic Inspection Manuals. Vermont has required safety inspections on vehicles since 1935 and inspection procedures became Administrative Rules in the 1960s. Emissions inspections have been required since 1997. DMV currently licenses, regulates and manages approximately sixteen-hundred inspection station licenses and the licenses of approximately five-thousand certified Inspection Mechanics.
What we are doing now
The Department of Motor Vehicles is integrating electronic data collection and management into Vermont’s Safety and Emissions Inspection process. This is a major effort to improve program effectiveness and efficiency that is known as the Automated Vehicle Inspection Program or AVIP.
About our partner
After a competitive procurement, Parsons was contracted by the State of Vermont to provide services for the AVIP, including inspection equipment, maintenance and support, program administration and a Technical Support Hotline. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is working with Parsons on the AVIP modernization project. Parsons has been designing, implementing, and managing vehicle inspection programs throughout North America for more than three decades. Currently, Parsons manages emissions and safety inspection programs in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Ontario. Inspection stations electing to continue to administer safety and emission testing will work together with the State and Parsons.
- Improve air quality and enhance highway safety
- Provide immediate and comprehensive information to motorists
- Improve inspection sticker inventory and inspection account management
- Reduce fraud and inspection errors by inspection mechanics and improve inspection station audit management
- Provide a real-time centralized collection of inspection results, streamline the inspection process, and eliminate unnecessary paperwork
- Enable more effective program management and customer service through enhanced communication with the DMV
- Enable immediate notification to inspection stations about vehicle safety issues
- Measure program effectiveness through the analysis of vehicle safety and emission failure data